Cube 2 – Hypercube (2002)
Director: Andrzej Sekula
Starring: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies , Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew Ferguson
1/2 (out of 4)
at the center of nothingness lies… Cube 2
The first Cube was an interesting indie horror flick that made the most of its claustrophobic setting and bizarre deathtraps (even if the ending deteriorated into typical slash-formula). In comparison, Cube 2 offers more of the same, but it’s just a mere shadow. There’s this cube, you see, made up of a seemingly infinite number of white rooms all similar in appearance. As in the first movie, a bunch of people wake up in it and have to figure out a way to escape the cube, while fighting each other, of course. The difference this time is that the cube is a “hypercube” – a tesseract of four spatial dimensions. The filmmakers take liberties with this theoretical structure and interpret it to mean “weird” and “strange”, as in: differing time-speed rooms, antigravity rooms, rooms with flying killer rotating blades, etc..
blind girl and annoying old lady … waiting to take their act on the road
Cube 2 is a virtual carbon copy of the original film, except with worse acting, dialogue, and characterization. It features characters that are so annoying and unbelievable that one could never care about their fate. The hypercube is more interesting than they are, and trust me – the hypercube is not that interesting. That’s because the movie doesn’t derive its suspense from, say, the concept of a tesseract and its implications – instead, it is perfectly content to recreate the psycho killer (played by Maurice Dean Wint in the first film, Geraint Wyn Davies in this one) as a antagonist. How boring. By the end of the film, we learn that every character has a secret that ties them to the shadowy organization which created the cube, but the question that is never answered is – why keep any secrets to begin with? If I was stuck in a strange laboratory experiment, I would want to contribute and collaborate as much as possible to facilitate an escape. Wouldn’t you? Not these people. A psycho, a senile old lady, a blind girl, and a few other forgettable characters are all we have to root for, but trust me, you can’t. The only character left to root for is the cube.
late hours at the lab
The writing seems lazier, too. I didn’t really care for the low budget Primer, but at least it tried to develop its concepts. Instead of exploring the possibilities of the hypercube as a mathematical model given physical form, the film makes bets that showing parallel universes will fulfill the “cool factor” quotient (admittedly, the scene of Davies’ character wearing badges from multiple killings of the same guy as trophies is amusing); that showing decaying corpses dancing around in an antigravity field distract from what is essentially a bunch of hateful characters bickering in white rooms. The strange numbers that appeared in the first Cube turned out to be variations on the prime number set; the strange numbers appearing in the sequel refer to a clock time – it’s rather disappointing.
- Bill Gordon
shadowy man, shadowy government, military industrial complex, secret experiment, blah blah blah
Since this review, Sean Hood has stated that he only wrote an early draft, and that everything was rewritten. See comments below.